By Allan Mallinson
The 7th novel within the acclaimed and bestselling Matthew Hervey sequence unearths Hervey by myself and a prisoner within the citadel of Badajos at the Spanish border.
While Hervey – taken captive within the ultimate pages of The Sabre’s facet – plans his break out from the Spanish, his stories flip to 1812 whilst, as a tender cornet, he used to be a part of Wellington’s successful military because it driven its manner north via Spain in the direction of the Pyrenees. yet first the British needed to typhoon the fort the place he's imprisoned now: Badajos – a castle of massive strategic value – the place French resistance was once at its such a lot fierce and so much bloody.
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In winter, slippery decks resulted in nurses taking an unexpected dip in the freezing canal and many resorted to crawling along the decks on all fours. In addition to their nursing duties, when patients were offloaded, cleaning (with or without VIM) was undertaken – a demanding and essential task, as often filthy and lice-ridden soldiers could be evacuated straight to the barge from the battlefield (as opposed to via a dressing station). When they had been gassed, poor barge ventilation meant that other patients and staff could suffer a mild gas attack, leading to breathing problems; being bitten by lice could cause nurses to develop typhus and trench fever.
It is almost miraculous that many survived the embarkation process, which involved being lowered by ropes and pulleys through the open top of the barge to the wards below. Despite these apparent shortcomings, the nursing and popular press extolled the virtues of barges as an ideal mode of transport for the wounded, if not necessarily for staff. Depending on the weather, journeys could be delayed by as much as 42 hours, putting additional pressure on the two sisters, nine RAMC orderlies and the one Medical Officer shared between barges, which were towed in pairs.
Prolific correspondent 31-year-old AANS Evelyn Davies looked beyond the sense of euphoria that the prospect of active service overseas engendered in so many participants. ’ Her widowed mother proudly preserved 42 Book-We Also Serve-new_We Also Served 31/10/2014 16:25 Page 43 ‘THANK GOD WE HAVE THE SISTERS’ her daughter’s correspondence from Lemnos, Egypt, India, England and France; having typed out nearly every letter, she circulated these amongst family and friends. They provide a fascinating insight into the wartime life of this woman who struggled to overcome loneliness, self-doubt and perhaps a slightly abrasive personality.
An Act of Courage (Matthew Hervey, Book 7) by Allan Mallinson